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(Updated    March 30 2017
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.10 billion (1100 million)
Mobiles    1080 million 
Landlines: 20. million 
Total no. of PCs: 150 million 
Internet users:  400 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:  168 million
(wired: 19 million;   wireless : 149 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  826

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  New update to Windows 10 coming
  March 30 2017: Microsoft has announced a major update to Windows 10 --  the Windows 10 Creators Update -- rolling out around the world on April. The update provides some new  tools. These include: ·         3D for Everyone and Enabling Mixed Reality: With the new Paint 3D app in the Creators Update, it’s simple to create 3D objects from scratch, easily changing colors, stamping textures, or turning a 2D picture into a 3D work of art. ....
For iOS devices, a free Indic keyboard in 11 languages
March 29, 2017: A Bangalore-based specialist in Indian language solutions, Reverie Language Technologies, has just relieved a pain point of Apple phone and tablet users. T he native iOS system software is not friendly to Indian languages. Android is a different case: Reverie has previously launched an indic keyboard called Swalekh. ....
Revamped Opera Mini for Android addresses the reality of patchy Internet in India.
Bangalore, March 28, 2017: As every survey shows, Indians are compulsive consumers of music and video on their  hand phones. ...
Latest Redmi phone from Xiaomi is made in India, mostly by women
The latest entry-level smartphone  is entirely made by women in Andhra Pradesh From Vishnu Anand in Delhi March 27 2017: While Make in India as a slogan has been  around for many months, we have seen very few instances where real innovation or product development has actually resulted in consumers getting good devices at competitive prices. ...
Samsung says , Go Cashless, launches own digipay solution in India
From V. Sudhakshina New Delhi, March 25 2017: Samsung, a name usually connected with electronic appliances and smart-phones, recently launched its digital payment solution, Samsung Pay in India. ...

Education and e-learning
Kerala leads Open Source drive in education
 State is a leader in migrating schools system, to FOSS By Anand Parthasarathy Thiruvananthapuram, March 3 2017: Kerala's school  education system has  fully migrated to Free and Open Source software ( FOSS), making this arguably the largest  such rollout globally in the educational arena. ....
Helping to develop analytical skills....
Bangalore, January 25  2016: Jigsaw Academy, The Online School of Analytics in association with CityMandi, India's first wholesale online B2B e-commerce venture came together earlier this month to an Analytics contest for its students. Participants had to showcase their analytics skills on a professional platform. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Rajasthan taps 3D to preserve its heritage
Jaipur, March 27 2017: The Rajasthan government has taken a lead to preserve monuments using the most advanced design technology from Autodesk, the US-based 3D design technology firm. Backed by the department of Information Technology and Communication, the state government has embarked on this first-of-its-kind project to scan and digitise the existing heritage structures in the state. ....
ixigo flights app updated
January 30 2017:ixigo has launched an all new version of its Flights app which now lets users compare & book flights from across 100+ travel websites. New  and updated features: - Compare flight ticket fares across leading airlines and travel websites such as MakeMyTrip, Cleartrip, Yatra, Musafir, Cheap Ticket, Ease My Trip, Booking. ....

PSTakeCare is an app for that surgical journey
Bangalore, December 4 2016: Developed by Takecare Technology Pvt. Ltd,  PSTakeCare is an Android health app that provides end-to-end assistance for patients who need to undergo a surgery. The app offers a list of various surgeries and hospitals that can perform them. ....
From iWave comes a Make-in-India healthcare platform for OEMs
Bangalore, December 1 2016: The many uses of IoT  in healthcare are changing business in the  medical industry through mobile medical applications, wearable devices, telehealth systems etc. Patients can  capture their health data and hospitals can use IoT to keep track of the location of medical devices, personnel, patients etc. ....
Philips underlines challenges of healthcare
Bangalore, November 24 2016: Philips innovation Campus, successfully organized their second digital healthcare conclave. ...

Product Pulse
Redmi 4A is value for money 4G phone
Bangalore, March 27 2017: Xiaomi's latest India launch  has come off a manufacturing line in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. It is the Redmi 4A,  a  4G dual SIM VoLTE smartphone with a 5 inches HD screen, powered by the Snapdragon 425 quad core processor. ....
A 'value' 4K TV from Le Eco
Its antecedents as a content provider, give Le Eco an edge when it comes to TV sets Anand Parthasarathy Bangalore, March 22 2017: If you are going in for a new TV set today, should you go in for the best resolution currently available -- 4K otherwise known as Ultra High Definition --  or stick with 2K or Full High Definition,  where a lot of content as well as satellite TV channels are already available? A year ago, I would not have  had a clear answer. ....
OnePlus 3T: Performance is the key
 OnePlus 3T raises the  smartphone phone stakes with its  huge,  PC-like  RAM,  beefed-up cameras  and    quick -charge battery   February 26 2017: Smartphones have become a part of our lifestyle and just like fashion trends, the devices also keep upgrading. ...

IT's for you
  Big Data in Telecom industry, will be focus of Singapore summit
Singapore, March 26 2017: “Big data and analytics-related services continue to gain traction among local businesses, with the Asia Pacific excluding Japan market expected to grow from $3.8 billion to $7 billion in 2019 at a 16.3%  annually finds  IDC. ....
Eat, Sleep, Exercise, and Repeat!
Zebronics upgrades its fitness wearable range with the Zeb-Fit 500 Bangalore, March 18 2017: It's 2017 and wearables are going mainstream! Just like a smart-phone, fitness trackers too are being looked ujon  as a necessity. Computer accessories and peripherals brand Zebronics entered the wearable market last year with the Zeb-Fit 100. ....
Dell launches hybrid cloud solution, leveraging EMC, VMware
February 28 , 2017:  Dell EMC today announced that its turnkey hybrid cloud platform, Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC), will be available for the first time on Dell EMC VxRail Appliances, the company’s hyper-converged infrastructure offering that has seen substantial market adoption since its launch a year ago. ...
Siddipet to be first cashless arena, in Telangana
T-Wallets to be launched soon From Leela Rani D Hyderabad, December 16 : Get pro-active to ensure the benefits of the re-organization of the districts in the state reach to those intended, said the Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrashekhar Rao, at the Collectors’ Conference held at Pragathi Bhavan, Telangana earlier this week. ...
Grocery app Goodbox, connect other businesses as well in Bangalore
Bangalore, September 27 2016: Goodbox is a  grocery shopping app for Bangalore that has many local grocery stores & supermarkets online that you can buy from directly. ...

IT people
  Technopreneur Krishna Yarlagadda on board at Smartron
Bangalore, March 21, 2017: Indian tech OEM and IoT company,  Smartron,  has announced that  eminent technocrat and serial entrepreneur Krishna Yarlagadda, has come on board  as an investor and strategic advisor. Krishna, a technology pioneer, based out of San Francisco, United States is a serial entrepreneur with operational, investing and advisory experience in computing, communication & connectivity technologies. ....
Anju Chaudhary to lead cloud sales for C-Zentrix
New Delhi,  February 17 2017:  Product company C-Zentrix,  has announced the appointment of Anju Chaudhary as the Vice President, Sales for its cloud business. Before joining C- Zentrix, she managing the online sales and customer delivery unit for MeraJob India. ....
Nitin Rakesh to head Mphasis
Bangalore, January 28 2017: Leading Information Technology services provider Mphasis  has announced the appointment of Nitin Rakesh as its Chief Executive Officer and Additional Director on the Board with effect from  Monday. ...

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The curious case of Indian animation
Much of the painstakingly detailed animation for the live-action/ CGI Disney film The Jungle Book was done in the Bengaluru offices of the Soho-headquartered Moving Picture Company. The film won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects this year. A lot of the advanced computer graphics technology used to shoot the tiger scenes in Life of Pi was done in the Mumbai and Hyderabad offices of Los Angeles-based SFX company Rhythm & Hues. Life of Pi won the Best Visual Effects Oscar in 2013......Why is there such a dearth of good quality content at home when there’s so much Oscar-winning talent? THE HINDU  March 26 2017

How Philips is using AI to transform healthcare
The Philips Innovation Campus in Bangalore,  is using technologies such as machine and deep learning, artificial intelligence technologies to help in the early detection of diseases.... LiveMint, Feb. 16 2017

Why Trump’s travel ban is so harmful to the tech economy
Silicon Valley exports technology and imports the world’s best talent. That is how it has helped grow the nation’s economy and boosted its competitive advantage. President Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from some Muslim countries sent shock waves through the tech industry over the weekend because it was a loud and clear message to the world that the United States’ doors are now closed..... Vivek Wadhwa in The Washington Post January 30 2017


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